“For it is in giving that we receive” ~Frances of Assisi
Hi! It’s so nice to see you today. I must say that lately I’ve been feeling a little orphan like. sort of joking
With my husband away on business in California and one of my good friends off traveling, I’m feeling just a little needy. I had one of those aha moments which taught me something about myself very humbling and here it is… that even though there are fun wonderful things (and friends) I’m involved in, the reality is the best part of life comes through sharing those experiences with others. You more than likely already know this. (Which is more than likely why we are friends) So needless to say I’m delighted to have you stop by today you are out there… right? Ironically while I was experiencing that aha moment one of my dear 900 mile away California friends sent me an e-mail sharing about a tea party she had recently hosted. which made me happy to hear about because as I said shared experiences are what life is all about. So anyway in today’s post I’d like to share it with you. And, who knows…perhaps you might end up sharing it with someone you know.
California Girlfriends Spring Tea hosted by Becky
The theme was antique green Fiesta-ware collected over the years by Becky’s sister Kathy. The pieces range in year from 1929-1936. There are many unusual pieces.
The table was decorated with a Bunny Centerpiece that Becky got at an antique store. she couldn’t resist those cute bunnies and filled it will pink carnations/green fern.
The table runner is very old with pink roses/green leaves hand embroidered by someone’s loving hands years ago. Becky mentioned that she wonders about what this person’s life was like
Here is the table all set
Homemade scones with five berry compote, lemon curd and whipped cream.
Second course was a spring salad a la Nordstrom’s miss my California girlfriends sense of humor which was made of spring greens, baby spinach, green apple slices, slivered chicken, red onion bits, dried apple crumbles, soft goat cheese, candied pecans and red wine vinaigrette.
Third course was homemade beef stew and hot biscuits with butter and apple butter.
The last course was a pecan dainty with scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Drinks were carbonated lemonade or ginger ale served in the small green glasses, and hot tea in the pink tea cups. The first pot of tea was a light orange tea. The second pot was chamomile tea. us tea ladies are serious drinkers
Looks like everyone shared in a lovely afternoon. I was inspired to bake up some scones and gather friends together and share a moment or two.
Below is one of my favorite scone recipes that I’d like to share. For many years (along with teaching elementary school) I had a seasonal tea business, and would host 3-4 tea parties a year. During the tea I’d also sell tea accouterments, & home decor. One year a vender who I purchased products from sent me this scone recipe. I used it frequently at my teas. What I like about baking scones is that they are easy, and you can change them up to use available seasonal fruit as substitutes.
I’m going to tell you a little secret too. I would substitute the strawberries with one small can of mandarin oranges & add a 1/2 of bag of mini chocolate chips. Perfect~o!
2 cups flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons butter, chilled
1/3 cup half and half
1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries ( I substitute with mandarin oranges)
Mix together first 4 ingredients. Cut butter into dry mixture until crumbly. In another bowl, mix egg and half & half. Pour into well of dry ingredients and stir until moistened Mix in strawberries.
Turn out onto a floured surface and knead until smooth. Pat into 1″ thickness and cut into triangle shapes. (I would spoon out a scoop)
Place scones onto baking sheet, brush tops with milk, sprinkle with sugar and bake 12-14 minutes at 400. Serve warm with Strawberry Cream Cheese.